And so begins Andy Welch's story
about how some fraudsters convinced him to mail his bank card to them and also give them his pin number. The things you willingly hand over when you're convinced you're talking to a trusted authority on the phone.
On my home from the office last night, a kid, about 10 years old or so, got on my subway car and announced that he was selling packages of cookies for a dollar to raise money to buy school supplies.
I've heard this song and dance before, of course: A kid gets on the subway car and announces that he or she is selling M&Ms for his or her basketball team, or so that he or she can stay off the street and go to college. It's an easy story to fall for if you haven't already heard it a million times, which I have, and why I've come to train myself to ignore the announcement, burying my head into my book, or whatever I'm reading on my phone.
Last night I got a phone call from an unknown phone number, and because I had 45 minutes before my friend's storytelling show started, I picked up. An automated voice welcomed me to a political survey. I was about to hang up when the computerized man voice sweetened the deal: "If you answer our 30-second survey, you will receive a free two-night, three-day cruise to the Bahamas courtesy of Caribbean Cruise Lines."
Sarah Phillips is a scammer, says Deadspin.